The Playstation 4 is a 3-year old game console from Sony that has plenty of memorable games. Since technology is ever-evolving, it would be wise for the tech giant to upgrade their current generation console, and that is where the Playstation 4 Pro comes in.
Before anything else, the Playstation 4 Pro actually has a few different monikers before the company settled for “PS4 Pro”. Some of these names include PS4 Neo, Playstation 4.5, among others. Despite it having a “Pro” tag in its name, it is actually just a slight upgrade over the original. Only the design and some hardware have been revamped, but not to the extent that you can call it a huge upgrade.
In this article, I will review the Sony Playstation 4 Pro and if it is a worthy upgrade to the original.
The PS4 Pro is a bit bigger than the original Playstation 4 and that is probably because of the more powerful specs. Whereas the original Playstation 4 have a sort of Convex structure, the PS4 Pro dons a more squarish approach. It is as if two PS4 Slims were stacked on top of each other.
The dimensions of the PS4 Pro are 29.5 x 32.7 x 5.5 cm. That is the width, the length, and the height of the game console, respectively. The Playstation logo is situated at the center of the game console which makes it even more appealing.
Sony opted for a more robust cable and so they included a bulkier female connector. Aside from its robustness, the connector can actually suck more power from the wall, enough to power the newer game console. Don’t worry, though, as the Playstation 4 Pro is still efficient.
One major difference in design is that the newer PS4 Pro removes the capacitive buttons and instead uses the physical ones. The button that is used to eject the tray can be found just underneath the tray itself. It is easily discernable making it not only convenient, but also less cumbersome to press as well.
Another difference between the original and the PS4 Pro is that it now comes with an additional USB 3.1 port at the back of the console. This is a welcome addition because most people do not like the idea of plugging in an extra controller on the front port just to charge it. Now, you can charge the unused controller and it will be out of sight!
There are plenty of games out there, especially on the PSN, and storage space can be a huge issue for some. Sony has rectified that by including a hefty 1TB of storage into the PS4 Pro. Also, the company improved its WiFi antenna to a dual-band 802.11ac and the game console now makes use of the newer Bluetooth 4.0 technology as opposed to the original’s Bluetooth 2.1. What does this all mean? It means that the PS4 Pro is much better in terms of performance and reliability.
As with every new iteration of the PS4, the PS4 Pro also comes with a new controller. Design-wise, the only thing that was added was a light strip onto the touchpad. However, in terms of functionality, the shoulder buttons are much easier to press whilst still providing that tempting crunch.
The beauty about the new Dual Shock 4 controller is that you can use it either on Wired or Wireless mode. If you opt to use it in wired mode, you just plug in the included USB cable to the console and to the controller. Professional eSports players prefer this method so that battery and signal problems will never be an issue. If you decide to use it Wirelessly, then it is still quite good. Just remember to recharge the batteries.
From a performance standpoint, the PS4 Pro is much faster than the original and has support for newer features such as native 4K resolution and upscaling and a much more improved performance across the board when using the Playstation VR headset.
For its performance package, the PS4 comes with an AMD Radeon graphics chip with speeds of 1.84 TFLOPS, an 8-core x86-64 “Jaguar” CPU, and 8GB of GDDR5 Memory. All this translates to a highly improved game console over the original.
The PS4 Pro has a “Pro Mode” which enhances the graphical detail of some game titles (as of the time of writing this article, there are about 30 games that are supported by the said feature). The game console can also support dynamic 4K gaming which upscales the resolution to achieve the coveted 3840×2160 pixels. Of course, not all games can support this feature and for those who do, there are noticeable framerate drops, but not too dramatic.
Since the PS4 Pro now supports 4K resolution, it is wise that you buy or use a 4K TV. It still works perfectly fine on any 1080p tv, but you’re going to miss out on a lot of things, especially when it comes to graphical fidelity.
But it is not only in games where you can enjoy 4K resolution content, you can actually enjoy other entertainment content in 4K as well. If you use Netflix, the PS4 Pro can support their 4K native resolution content without any hassle.
It is important to note that not all games are supported by the console’s “Pro mode” by default. They have to be optimized by the game developers via a patch update. Furthermore, newer PS4 games will be more compatible with the PS4 with the necessary changes already enabled.
So, is the PS4 Pro a worthy upgrade? Well, it actually depends. If you’re buying the console and you haven’t had the original PS4, then I would say that this is a worthy game console. It can support HDR, 4K Resolution, and it has much better specs. Moreover, some of the current generation games are supported by its Pro mode feature and upcoming titles will automatically be supported as well. But, if you already own the original version, upgrading to the PS4 Pro is not required.
It is also important for you to know that in order to unleash the full graphical potential of the game console, you need to be using a 4K TV. That being said, you may also want to enable the HDR setting of your TV to truly experience that graphical crispness that every gamer wants.
The PS4 Pro is a good game console and it opened the gates to 4K gaming. This game console retails for under $400.